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Jen is a talented baker, molding and creating beautiful and delicious cakes, pies, pastries. Jen also loves to cook and so do her children. With Avery mixing and sautéing and Luke chopping vegetables she has two eager sous chefs. Pete participates by ensuring Jen has wine. This Sunday afternoon was the perfect time to try something new, homemade pasta.

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While mixing dough Avery was reminded of the time they made pasta at Fattoria Poggio Alloro. The Balint family loves to travel and over this past summer they had their first family vacation to Europe. During their time in Italy they visited Fattoria Poggio Alloro, a farm in Tuscany that supplies its own cattle, eggs, olives and wine. It was one of the highlights of their trip.IMG_9930-2IMG_9948IMG_9994

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The pasta maker Pete’s Mom bought when he was eight.

IMG_0012IMG_9975 IMG_0031 IMG_0026IMG_0028 IMG_0171IMG_0166Avery and Luke’s favorite thing to do as a family is “snugs” (snuggle).

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“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”
– Jeremiah 29:11

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Jen and Pete met in 2001 and in two years they fell in love and married. In 2005 their daughter Avery was born and in 2007 Luke completed their family. Jen and Pete have created a home that is centered on respect, devotion, humor, family dinners and competitive Monopoly.

“I want my kids to be accepting of other cultures and live life to the fullest. Whatever they decide to do I hope they do it 110% and with passion.” – Jen
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“Who knows how long I’ve loved you, you know I love you still
Will I wait a lonely lifetime? If you want me to I will.”
– The Beatles